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johns440rr 03-26-2012 05:29 PM

1983 320i e21
Would like to add aftermarket a/c . At one time it "had a/c " but someone decided to "S" can it . Anyone got a an answer ? i've spent a good 2-3 hours looking online but to no avail.....

ebloom 03-27-2012 04:54 AM

A/C in these cars never worked all that well, it was a factory version of an add-on system. Nothing like the systems in the current cars. And it drained significant engine power. An old joke was that acceleration and a/c were mutually exclusive. For a while there was an add-on device available that cut the a/c compressor during acceleration. And it uses the old freon, which isn't readily available anymore. So I'm guessing that a combination of these reasons resulted in a former owner simply removing it.

Jetset83 04-24-2012 12:36 PM

Don't add the AC. It doesn't work well at all and drains probably 10-15% of the power from the engine (which didn't have more than 110hp when it was new anyway).

I haven't used mine in years and when it did work, I'd only use it when someone else was in the car with me who was not used to driving with no a/c in Georgia summers ;)

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